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Anya (film)

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Directed byJacob Akira Okada
Carylanna Taylor
Produced byStacey Davis
Jacob Akira Okada
Roger Schwartz
Carylanna Taylor
Written byCarylanna Taylor
Jacob Akira Okada
StarringAli Ahn
Gil Perez-Abraham
Motell Gyn Foster
Music byJon Irabagon
CinematographyJacob Akira Okada
Edited byJacob Akira Okada
Carylanna Taylor
First Encounter Productions
Distributed byGiant Pictures
CountryUnited States

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Anya (stylized as ANYA) is a 2019 science fiction film directed by Jacob Akira Okada and Carylanna Taylor. It features Ali Ahn, Gil Perez-Abraham, and Motell Gyn Foster. The film follows a couple struggling with infertility issues as they discover some unique genetic traits related to an immigrant group from the fictional island of Narval.[1] Anya revolves around the topics of genetics and anthropology, director Carylanna Taylor has a background as an anthropologist[2] and Harvard researcher Ruth McCole served as scientific consultant.[3] The genetic lab scenes in the film were shot in the real Dr. Andreas Pfenning’s genetics lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Anya holds an approval rating of 93% based on 14 reviews, with an average rating of 6.60/10.[5]


  1. Amsen, Eva (2019-05-31). "Science and Diversity In Film: Behind The Scenes Of ANYA". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-03-14. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. Dixon, Jim (2019-12-19). "Jacob Akira Okada & Carlyanna Taylor Discuss The Future Of Families & ANYA". Film Inquiry. Retrieved 2021-03-14. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Bernadskaya, Yelena (2019-03-14). "Interview with creators of 'ANYA,' a genetic mystery movie". AIPT. Retrieved 2021-03-14. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Carnegie Mellon's Dr. Andreas Pfenning's Computational Bio Lab becomes "DR. SEYMOUR LIVINSTON'S" Evolutionary Genetics Lab". ANYA. Retrieved 2021-03-14. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "ANYA". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2021-03-14. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

External links[edit]

Category:2019 films Category:2010s science fiction films

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